NOAA Maps Future Flooding in South Florida
NOAA’s Digital Coast program has the tools to map coastal flooding under different sea level scenarios, and communities are beginning to take advantage of the tool. A recent case study shows the range of consequences for South Florida — a particularly vulnerable location due to low elevation, storms, and growing population. Some of the results are astonishing.
“For example, in the one-foot scenario, 75% of hospitals, 65% of schools, and 71% of emergency shelters in Monroe County would be under water. In terms of dollar amounts, taxable property values vulnerable across the region in the one-foot scenario are greater than $4 billion, with values rising to over $31 billion in the three-foot scenario.”
Ratified in 2010, the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, has been established to begin both mitigation and adaptation planning for Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties.